Sunday, April 28, 2013

Personality Play Date

As I was downloading the pictures for this post, which represent the last week or so of work, I just started laughing because it looks like I invited all my multiple personalities over for a play date, and we all worked on something completely different. Is it possible to get yourself too inspired, to want to do too many things simultaneously?   I think it is, and sometimes for me this results in paralysis where I just don't do anything, and sometimes it results in, well, this...

Attempts at painting looser, more spontaneously-

The rest of my personalities got together and voted to kick out whichever of my personalities made this one below, it's clearly disturbed.

Doing some more sketching and playing with watercolor in my little sketchbook

This one below is a WIP, clearly getting away from the loose, spontaneous thing. She took longer by far than any of the others, lots of layers building her face, and small detail work, and I still haven't decided where I'm going with her yet.  I think this kind of work is still my favorite, but I enjoyed the others as well.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


In spite of all evidence to the contrary, I haven't actually dropped off the face of the earth, I just haven't been working on anything very post-worthy.  I think I must have a short attention span, because I'm always jumping from one thing to the next, but I guess that's okay.  Maybe someday I'll settle into my thing, whatever that is.  Currently I've had a desire to just work on some sketching, so I did something really hard for me - I started working in a new sketchbook, a really nice one which means I could never get myself to use it before.  My cousin Suzi gave it to me, it's from France and is a great little size and has wonderful thick watercolor paper.  Making that first mark in it was HARD, but I did it, and now I'm kind of on a a roll.

 I've always wanted to be one of those people who work steadily in an honest to god sketchbook, so I'm going to try to keep up the habit, just drawing things I see, or doing drawing exercises like these first two pictures, random pieces of unrelated items, with the spaces just filled in with doodling etc. This is a good way for me to get more comfortable with watercolor too, which I love the look of but have never done much of.

My favorite Frozen Charlotte, another thing I've never been able to use

An old French milk bottle and some flowers from my yard

An angel, either bald or with very crazy turquoise hair